Police constable Nick Angel (Simon Pegg) is not just one of London’s finest, he IS the finest. With an arrest record 400% better than his nearest rival on the force, he has become an embarrassment to the less ambitious cops, especially his bosses. The solution to their “problem”? Send Angel to the remotest, quietest little hamlet in England – Sanford. But things are not quite what they seem in the supposedly sleepy little town and Nick has the chance to get back in form in Hot Fuzz.”
Nick fights his reassignment to no avail and resigns himself to his early “retirement” from real cop work in the “safest village in the country.” His first call to duty is to stop under aged drinking at the local pub and bring in its most inebriated patron to the police station. The next day, he is shocked to learn that his first arrest as the newest police sergeant in Sanford was one of his own men, PC Danny Butterman (Nick Frost). Life, it seems, is definitely at a much lower key for the energetic Nick until an unfortunate car “accident” beheads two of the town’s most prominent citizens. A continuing spate of equally gruesome mishaps brings out Nick’s copper instincts and he, alone, knows that things are not what they seem.
The makers of the wildly successful “Shawn of the Dead” join forces again in a cop caper movie that is a true gem of comedic fun. Essentially, “Hot Fuzz” is comprised of a series of linear parts – Nick’s arrival in Sanford; the inkling of suspicion that something is badly wrong; a string of murders; the ensuing conspiracy; and, a finale that has one of the funkiest, funniest, most unanticipated shootouts that I have ever seen.
Simon Pegg plays his heroic Nick Angel straight from start to finish, allowing the wonderful cast of character actors around him to chew scenery and have a ball doing so. Many of the players are from a who’s who list of British actors, including Bill Nighy, Timothy Dalton, Jim Broadbent, Paddy Considine and Stuart Wilson and Billie Whitelaw. It is Pegg’s Nick Angel and his sidekick, Danny, though, who make the most out of their roles. Nick Frost, in particular, exudes likeability even when cast in a darker light. His love for action movies is carried through, beautifully, as his dreams come true under Angel’s guiding, not always so patient, hand.
Techs for “Hot Fuzz” are, across the board, first rate. Slick editing, fine camera work and varied, entertaining score are just the tip of this comedic iceberg’s behind the camera accomplishments. Comedies are supposed to be brief but “Fuzz” breaks this mold with its two+ hour run time and does a hilarious job doing it.
The jokes, slapstick and sight gags come fast and furious in “Hot Fuzz” with Simon Pegg staidly anchoring the enormously amusing cast of quirky characters. This isn’t the kind of comedy that you need to see more than once. It is one that you will want to see again and again just for the sheer pleasure. I give it an A.
Laura gives "Hot Fuzz" an A-.
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